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I have a confession to make – I’m a really awful cook 🙁 I can toss a salad together, but that’s about it. Fortunately hubby is an undercover Master Chef and I have a best friend who runs her own catering business, so I figure, I have all my bases covered. Talking about best friends, Freda is also moving soon and I wanted to make her something for her new house to say thank you for all the times she’s bailed me out from all my cooking experiments that went horribly wrong. She really loved the HOME shelf we made a few months ago so it seemed like a good idea to make her something similar. We tossed some ideas around ( 😀 see what I did there?) and came up with an idea to make a COOK shelf for all her recipe books and other kitchen-y bits.
The shelf had to be wide enough to hold her recipe books and while pallets come in all shapes and sizes, the pieces are usually not very wide. We ended up using a pine shelf that’s been hiding in our garage for a few years and pallets to make the COOK shelf.
1 x Piece of wood 94 cm long x 20 cm wide (37″ x 7 7/8″)
The C and the O’s are pretty easy. No weird angles or anything but the K had me stumped. I think the hardest bit about making the shelf was trying to figure out what angle to cut the K pieces. It was almost as bad as trying to figure out how on earth you can bake something blind. Really, who thinks of these things? I drew triangles until I saw angles everywhere. I even hauled out my old trig books and then I found this little app that made it way easier. Don’t you just love the internet. Anyways to make the K we needed to cut the 20 cm pieces so that there’s a 39 degree angle on the one end and a 51 degree angle on the other side.
When all the K stress was over and the bits had been cut we just sanded the pallets and started to put the bits together. We used L-shaped brackets and gorilla glue to join the O’s and C and a nail gun to attached the legs of the K to the backbone. ( I really hope that makes sense, it sounds so weird writing it. Let me know if it’s confusing and I’ll try and explain a little better).
The O‘s are just big enough to fit large salt and pepper shakers.
Once we were happy with the all the bits we stained and painted the letters and the pine shelf.
Because the shelf is going to be used in the kitchen we sealed everything with water-based polyurethane. To attach the letters to the shelf we used L-shaped brackets and gorilla glue. The C and the K are positioned towards the back of the “COOK” shelf and the O’s are in front.
To hang the shelves we used galvanized pipes and flanges which we screwed into the wall.
The galvanized pipes are strong enough to support the weight of the shelves and all the other bits and pieces Freda might want to add.
The C is perfect for smaller recipe books.
And the O‘s can store all those spices that get used everyday.
The K works really well as a bookend and I’m happy to say the angles worked out 😎
I’m really happy with how it turned out, angles and all. Thank you Freda for all the beautiful cakes you’ve made for my kids and teaching them how to do cartwheels. Thank you for teaching me how to make lasagna and veggies in the Micro and for all the ice-cold beers we’ve shared over the years. Love you too bits.